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Courses Across the USA

Publicly Scheduled Training

Public In-Person Training

Many of our top courses are offered at various locations across the USA on a rotating basis. These courses are open-enrollment and are filled on a first-come basis. Students come from a variety of applicable industries and roles. 

All of our public courses are taught by our expert instructors and include extensive hands-on exercises. Questions and discussions on applicable topics and concepts are encouraged. 

We arrange a convenient business meeting room, typically at a nice hotel, in a strategic geographical area, and we provide full catering to include snacks, lunches, drinks & refreshments, and sometimes breakfast. Oftentimes, the hotels we partner with will offer a discounted rate for students attending our training – check with us for details. 

Typical course hours for our public courses are from 8am to 4pm, with a midday lunch break and occasional breaks throughout the day.

Instructors will be available for at least 1 to 2 hours after each class day for additional instruction or assistance as needed (sometimes longer). 

Our public courses are a great option for individuals or small groups (3-4 people) needing training in a subject, who are able to travel to a training location or have one nearby. Since about half of our public course students travel to the location, we typically choose sites near an airport to simplify logistics and travel for those attending from afar.

If you’d like to attend a training, but don’t see any in your area, let us know! If there is enough interest, we can add a course to our schedule.

Public Training Course Offerings

This 2-day course focuses on providing a solid understanding of basic electricity concepts to prepare individuals for more advanced training. It takes a hands-on approach, with 75% of the course being interactive. Instead of relying on formulas and memorization, students engage in thought-provoking exercises to visually comprehend relationships in basic electricity and Ohm's Law. They construct simple circuits and perform experiments to observe the connections between voltage, current, and resistance in series and parallel circuits. After developing a strong foundation, students apply their knowledge to solve practical problems and are challenged to predict and analyze circuit outcomes.

This methodology has been successful for beginners as well as experienced technicians seeking to reinforce their understanding. The course benefits individuals with minimal training, helping them progress to advanced courses, and also benefits experienced electricians by solidifying concepts that may have become unclear over time.

The course objectives include understanding wiring diagrams and electrical schematics, grasping Ohm's Law, comprehending series and parallel circuits, using a digital multimeter effectively, interpreting electrical diagrams, gaining familiarity with electrical components, understanding basic electrical safety, and comprehending the operation of key electrical components like switches, indicators, solenoids, relays, motors, capacitors, inductors, and inductive loads.

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This 3-day course focuses on developing logical troubleshooting skills and understanding electrical circuits. It provides hands-on experience, with 75% of the course being interactive. Students construct and troubleshoot increasingly complex electrical circuits using quick-connection DIN Rail style terminal blocks and wire marker numbers. The course emphasizes correlating schematics and prints to real-world circuits, promoting logical thinking and problem-solving. Students operate circuits, take measurements, and troubleshoot faults introduced by the instructor, utilizing a logical troubleshooting methodology. Working in teams of two, they take turns as troubleshooters and observers, fostering a collaborative learning experience.

The course benefits individuals working directly or indirectly with electrical circuits, including electricians, instrument technicians, managers, mechanics, and operators. It solidifies understanding of electrical circuits and improves problem-solving skills.

Course objectives include reading and interpreting electrical diagrams, building circuits from diagrams, differentiating between ladder diagrams, schematics, and wiring diagrams, utilizing advanced multimeter features, troubleshooting common components, employing troubleshooting tricks, applying a systematic logical troubleshooting methodology, tracking symptoms and measurements, identifying root causes of failures, and determining retest requirements. Hands-on exercises involve constructing and matching increasingly complex circuits with various components. The course has received positive feedback from professionals involved in electrical troubleshooting and problem-solving.

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This 5-day course combines the Basic Electricity course (2 days) and the Electrical Troubleshooting course (3 days). It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of key electrical concepts and develop effective troubleshooting skills. The course begins by establishing a strong foundation in basic electricity principles and progressively applies those concepts to enable students to troubleshoot typical electrical circuits. The course emphasizes a logical approach to troubleshooting. Although the Basic Electricity and Electrical Troubleshooting courses are typically offered together, customized onsite courses may be available upon request.

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This 5-day course focuses on introducing students to the fundamental concepts of industrial instrumentation, measurement, calibration, and controls. It addresses topics often overlooked in other training programs and aims to rectify common mistakes and problems encountered in the field.

The course is suitable for individuals ranging from mechanics and operators seeking to understand instrumentation associated with their equipment to senior instrument technicians and control engineers. Practical exercises and discussions center around real-world issues and utilize equipment such as Rosemount Smart transmitters, Fluke process meters/calibrators, and HART Communicators. The course covers the underlying concepts that many senior technicians may not fully understand, leading to mistakes and issues. Students engage in exercises such as transmitter calibrations, configurations, control loop setups, and troubleshooting.

Course objectives include understanding the 4-20mA control loop, SMART transmitters and their common functionality and misconceptions, instrument and transmitter calibration concepts, utilizing instrumentation test and calibration equipment, signal noise and filtering, control valve operation and concepts, feedback control methods, PID controls, troubleshooting instrumentation performance problems, process control strategies, process safety considerations, and safety instrumented systems. Hands-on exercises involve setting up, configuring, testing, and calibrating smart transmitters, troubleshooting 4-20mA loops and analog IO, analyzing control system performance, and conducting Safety Instrumented Systems proof testing. The course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of industrial instrumentation and address common issues faced in the field.

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This 3-day, 50% interactive course builds upon the knowledge gained in the Instrumentation & Controls course, focusing on detailed process control work. It targets professionals in roles such as controls engineers, senior instrument or controls technicians, and process or automation specialists. The course uses laptops with control simulations, allowing students to work with fast-running simulated processes and observe the impact of common control problems. They analyze and determine control objectives, configure, test, and tune control loops using various methods.

The course helps professionals approach process control problems in a safe and methodical way, avoiding serious mistakes and gaining insight into often overlooked details.

Course objectives include understanding process dynamics, noise and filtering, process time cycle, lag, and deadtimes, proportional, integral, and derivative actions, different PID algorithms, bump-test analysis, determining control objectives and compromises, and recognizing common control system problems. Hands-on exercises involve analyzing process dynamics, different controller algorithms, performing bump tests, tuning procedures, experimenting with controller functions and features, solving problems and tuning loops set up by the instructor, and troubleshooting control system issues. The course provides professionals with the skills and knowledge to effectively analyze and solve process control problems while ensuring safe and efficient operations.

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This 4-day, 66% interactive course offers a comprehensive introduction to ControlLogix series PLCs, focusing on fundamental principles required for basic maintenance tasks. The course covers troubleshooting hardware and IO problems, performing online and offline edits, conducting force operations and bit manipulations, and understanding common ladder logic. Participants work with actual 1756 series processors, IO cards, and communication cards connected to training stations with a full range of digital and analog IO inputs. They download, modify, test, and observe sample programs to grasp logic and functionality. Hands-on exercises include working with hardwired relays, understanding PLC components, mastering ladder logic basics, applying latches and seal logic, comprehending scan cycle operations, exploring batch and sequential logic, organizing program layout, performing routine maintenance tasks, utilizing timers and counters, working with analog IO, managing tasks, programs, and routines, troubleshooting hardware problems, and using diagnostic tools.

The course aims to address common mistakes and challenges encountered by new personnel working with ControlLogix PLC systems. Course objectives encompass reading and interpreting ladder logic, logically troubleshooting programs and field device problems, navigating the Logix software, performing safe online operations, handling file downloads and fault clearing, manipulating online data, and troubleshooting hardware and configuration issues. Participants gain the skills and knowledge needed to effectively work with ControlLogix PLCs and troubleshoot field components.

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